allomother

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EtymologyEdit

allo- +‎ mother

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NounEdit

allomother (plural allomothers)

  1. (zoology) A human or other creature that provides some maternal care for the young born by another.
    • 2000, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and how They Shape the Human Species‎, page 162:
      Within hours of birth, baby langurs are spirited away from their mothers. They spend up to 50 percent of daylight hours passed from allomother to allomother
    • 2009 March 3, Natalie Angier, “In a Helpless Baby, the Roots of Our Social Glue”, New York Times:
      Among the !Kung foragers of the Kalahari, babies are held by a father, grandmother, older sibling or some other allomother maybe 25 percent of the time.

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allomother (third-person singular simple present allomothers, present participle allomothering, simple past and past participle allomothered)

  1. (transitive) To provide maternal care for another creature's young.
Last modified on 19 November 2013, at 12:10